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David Thompson

Senior Lecturer

David Thompson

David is a filmmaker with extensive media industry experience having worked both nationally and internationally for over a decade. Previously running an art house cinema, writing and directing his own feature film, producing on numerous shorts and making films in many roles across different platforms. Working for companies including Universal Pictures, ABC, BBC, ITV, C4, Film4, Channel 5, Discovery, Al Rayan, Teachers TV, Audi, IKEA, Jet2 and EMI amongst others.

With eight years teaching and leadership experience both academically and commercially, he is the Filmmaking curriculum lead for the new SODA (School of Digital Arts) building opening in 2022. Passionate about creativity, screen drama and the student learning process, his research interests include film production pedagogy, diversity in the media industry, screenwriting and American indie film production. He is currently working on two practice based diversity projects in documentary and television drama, a paper in media production pedagogy and is a PhD candidate at Leeds Trinity University, when will make his next feature film.


A selection of recent research outputs.

Journal Articles

Thompson, D., 2018. 'Lights, camera, action research! Engaging filmmaking students in feedback', Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching, 11 (1).

Conference Papers

Thompson, D., 2018. ''Writing for TV, Writing for Film', SRN 2018', SRN (Screenwriting Research Network), 6/9/2018 - 8/9/2018.

Thompson, DS., 2017. 'Stories that sizzle: making indie films viable in a modern day cinema context', MeCCSA, 12/1/2017 - 14/1/2017.

Thompson, DS., 2016. 'Death of the indie?', 7/9/2016 - 9/9/2016.